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What is alt.pulp? 2 

What were pulp magazines? 3 

What were character, or hero, pulps? 4 

What were the major pulp publishers and what character 
pulps did they publish? 5 

Who were some of the major pulp characters? 

■ The Shadow 7 

■ Doc Savage 9 

■ The Spider 10 

■ The Avenger 1 1 

■ G-8 and His Battle Aces 12 

Do indices to character pulps exist online? 13 

Are there any equivalents to the character pulps today? 14 

Have pulp heroes made any impact on popular culture? 15 

Have there been attempts to do modern-day pulp-style 
characters? 1 6 

What is Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family? 23 

Are there any books on pulps? 25 

Are there any pulp fanzines? 37 

Is there a list of sources for pulps, like dealers? 43 

Are there any pulp conventions? 49 

About alt.pulp FAQ version 97.1 50 

Q. What is alt.pulp? 

A. alt.pulp is an unmoderated newsgroup set up for the dis- 
cussion of pulp magazines and related topics. In general, dis- 
cussions posted to alt.pulp focus on the character, or hero, 

You can access to alt.pulp through a newsreader or web 

Pulps are also discussed in other newsgroups: 

■ for Doc Savage. 

■ alt.fantasy.conan for Conan and Robert E. Howard. 

■ for Edgar Rice Burroughs and 

■ alt.horror.cthulhu for HP. Lovecraft and horror/weird fic- 

■ rec.arts.sf.written for science fiction and related stories. 

Feel free to cross-post items to one or two of these news- 
groups if you think others would be interested in your posting. 

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ulp magazines? 

A! As the name implies, pulp magazines were inexpensive, 
popular magazines printed on paper made from the cheapest 
pulpwood. Publishers weren't very concerned with the durabil- 
ity of the magazines, only that they were able to crank the mag- 
azines off the presses and get them into the hands of readers 
as cheaply and as often as possible. 

The pulps were easily recognizable when compared to "slick" 
magazines, such the "Saturday Evening Post" or "Time" mag- 
azine, which were printed on slicker, higher-quality paper. The 
pulps also typically had rough, untrimmed edges. 

But the difference between the pulps and other magazines did- 
n't end with appearance; it extended to the quality of content. 
Escapism was the pulps'main goal, and they used any method 
they could to achieve that goal. Colorful, outlandish and some- 
times risque covers beckoned newsstand perusers to escape 
into the magazine. And the stories inside were equally as col- 
orful, outlandish and sometimes risque. 

Pushing their Depression-era woes out of their minds for a 
short while, readers were able to escape into realms of science 
fiction, horror, fantasy, crime and mystery, sports, westerns, 
romance and adventure through the pulps. 

Among the more famous authors who got their start during the 
half-century of the pulps were: Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.P. 
Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Dashiell Hammett, Louis L'Amour, 
Ray Bradbury, Earl Stanley Gardner, John D. MacDonald, Max 
Brand, Robert Heinlein, Robert E. Howard and Robert Bloch. 
Many of the pulp authors wrote under pseudonyms or "house 
names," which were fictitious author names assigned by the 
publisher to specific titles or characters. Also, by using pseu- 
donyms, writers were able to publish more stories, which was 
important since they were paid by the number of words they 
wrote. The more stories they had published, the more money 
they could make. 

The pulps first appeared in the mid-1 890s, but didn't reach 
their heyday until the 1930s. In fact, there were more than 
1 ,000 different pulp titles published during that period. But by 
the end of the 1940s, the days of pulps were numbered. The 
final pulps ended their runs in the mid-1950s, replaced by tele- 
vision and the paperback book. 

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haracter, or hero, pulps? 

A. Character pulps were so called because they were named 
after a single character, or hero. And, the title character 
appeared in the featured novel in the magazine. Character 
pulps came into existence in April 1931 when Street and 
Smith's "The Shadow" burst upon the newsstands with .45s 
blazing. Within two years The Shadow's success had spawned 
a new pulp genre. The character pulps rode high for nearly 20 
years. Then television, movies, comic books and paperbacks 
finally took their toll and the pulps vanished in the 1 950s. 

The phrase "character pulps" is a bit more inclusive than "hero 
pulps" since several of the magazines that fit this genre fea- 
tured a villain as the title character. Among those featuring vil- 
lains were "The Mysterious Wu Fang," "Doctor Death" and 
"The Octopus." 

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y. What were the major pulp publishers and what character 
pulps did they publish? 

A. Though there were numerous small publishers that put out 
character pulps, the majority were published by Street and 
Smith, Popular Publications, Thrilling (Standard/Better 
Publications) and Ace (Magazine Publications/Periodical 
House). Here is a rundown of their key character magazines: 

Street and Smith 

■ "The Shadow" (1931-49) 325 issues. 

■ "Doc Savage" (1933-49) 181 issues. 

■ "Bill Barnes, Air Adventurer" (1934-35) 20 issues, numerous 
stories (including as a backup in "Doc Savage"). 

■ "The Skipper" (1936-37) 12 issues, 40 stories as back-up 
series in "Doc Savage." 

■ "The Whisperer" (1936-37, 1940-42) 14 issues/10 issues, 
25 stories as back-up series in "The Shadow." 

■ "The Avenger" (1939-42) 24 issues, plus six stories (five in 
"Clues Detective" magazine and one in "The Shadow"). 

■ "The Wizard/Cash Gorman" (1940-41) four issues/two 

Popular Publications (and affiliates) 

■ "The Spider (1 933-43) 1 1 8 issues. 

■ "G-8 and His Battle Aces" (1 933-44) 1 1 issues. 

■ "Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds" (1934-35) 12 issues. 

■ "The Secret Six (1 934-35) four issues. 

■ "Operator 5 (1934-39) 48 issues. 

■ "Mysterious Wu Fang" (1935-36) seven issues. 

■ "Dr. Yen Sin" (1936) three issues. 

■ "Captain Satan" (1938) five issues. 

■ "The Octopus/The Scorpion" (1939) one issue/one issue. 

■ "Captain Combat" (1940) three issues. 

■ "Captain Zero" (1949-50) three issues. 

Thrilling (Standard/Better Publications) 

■ "The Lone Eagle" (1933-43) 76 issues. 

■ "The Phantom Detective" (1933-53) 170 issues. 

■ "The Masked Detective" (1940-42) 12 issues, with one story 
as a backup in "Thrilling Mystery." 

■ "The GhostTThe Green Ghost Detective" (1940-44) four 
issues/three issues, six stories as a backup in "Thrilling 
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"Captain Future" (1940-51) 27 issues. 

Ace (Magazine Pub/Periodical House) 

"Moon Man" (1933-36) 39 issues. 
"Secret Agent X" (1934-39) 41 issues. 
"Captain Hazzard" (1938) one issue. 

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; Shadow? 

A. Street and Smith was in an enviable, but awkward position 
in the early 1930s. Readers were clamoring for the magazine 
featuring The Shadow; but, Street and Smith didn't have such 
a magazine. 

As a means of promoting its 
"Detective Story Magazine," the pub- 
lishing house had sponsored a radio 
program that dramatized stories from 
the magazine. The program was host- 
ed by a mysterious announcer with a 
haunting laugh. The announcer went 
by the name of The Shadow. 

Street and Smith scrambled to satis- 
fy the readers' appetites, hiring writer 
and magician Walter Gibson to flush 
out The Shadow character. A quarterly 
magazine titled "The Shadow" hit the stands with an April 1 931 
date. Its instant success prompted Street and Smith to 
increase its publication rate to monthly. 

By giving the magazine the same name as its featured char- 
acter, Street and Smith unknowingly started a genre that would 
prove to be a goldmine over the next decade: the character 

Gibson's Shadow was a cunning master of the night, able to 
melt into the shadows and strike fear into the hearts of crimi- 
nals with his whispered, mocking laugh. When not cloaked in 
black slouch hat and coat, The Shadow posed in a variety of 
identities, including that of wealthy playboy Lamont Cranston. 
The Shadow was helped by a cadre of agents, all of whom 
owed their lives and their allegiance to him. 

Together they battled a range of evildoers — from common 
swindlers and jewel thieves to the band of The Hand and the 
voodoo master Rodil Mocquino — for 18 years, until the sum- 
mer of 1 949, and for 325 novels. 

Readers knew little about The Shadow at first, but as the series 
progressed readers were given hints about his past. In 1937, 
"The Shadow Unmasks" revealed just who The Shadow really 
was. He was Kent Allard, a famed aviator who had disap- 
peared years before in Central America. Allard had been a fly- 
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ing ace and spy during World War I, before starting his war 
against crime. 

Also in 1937, six years after The Shadow first appeared in 
print, he returned to the airwaves with a drama of his own. But 
unlike the print Shadow who relied on darkness and his 
stealthy abilities to conceal him from others, the radio's 
Shadow used an hypnotic power he learned in the Far East. 
One thing that the print Shadow did pick up from the radio pro- 
gram was a female agent named Margo Lane. 

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A. Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, was Clark Savage Jr. 
— a young man whose widower father had turned him over 
as an infant to be reared by experts in every field, from med- 
icine to reason and from gymnastics to science. Indeed by 
doing so, his father had turned him into a Superman, who 
dedicated his superhuman skills to justice. 

In its search for a follow up to its immense- 
ly popular magazine "The Shadow," 
Street and Smith came up with the 
concept of Doc Savage and turned to 
writer Lester Dent to bring him to life. 
Instead of a crimefighter who used guns 
and cunning, as The Shadow did, Doc 
Savage use science as his weapon 
against evil. (In fact, later in the 
series, the magazine's title briefly was 
changed to "Doc Savage, Science 

Doc was joined by the Fabulous Five, all experts in their fields 
— including law, civil engineering, electrical engineering, 
archaeology and chemistry. Working out of the tallest sky- 
scraper in New York City, Doc, the Five and, at times, Doc's 
cousin Patricia Savage traveled the world solving mysteries 
and battling evildoers through 181 adventures from March 
1933 until 1949. 

Though the novels were formulatic, Dent made up for that with 
nonstop adventure and cliffhanging suspense. The formula 
proved a success, giving Street and Smith another best-selling 

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(J. Who was The Spider? 

A. At first glance, The Spider looked like Popular Publication's 
knockoff of The Shadow: black hat and cloak, blazing pistols 
and a maniacal laugh. But that's where the similarities ended. 

Thanks to author Norvell Page, writing 
under the name Grant Stockbridge, 
The Spider took a decidedly weirder 
avenue than The Shadow. Whereas 
The Shadow battled more realistic vil- 
lains, The Spider took on whole 
"Legions of the Accursed Light," 
"Satan's Sightless Legions," "Dictator's 
Death Merchants," "Volunteer Corpse 
Brigade" and scores of other nightmar- 
ish evildoers. 

The first two Spider novels, credited to R.T.M. 
Scott, took a more mainstream approach, with The Spider 
actually being a nickname for playboy detective Richard 
Wentworth. The villains were more mundane. 

With the third issue, Page took over the writing duties and took 
"The Spider" pulp in a totally different direction. The Spider 
became Wentworth's alter ego: a hunchbacked maniac who 
dressed in wild wig and fake fangs and terrorized the under- 

Aiding The Spider were Wentworth's perennial fiance Nita Van 
Sloan, his trusted Sikh manservant Ram Singh and butler 
Ronald Jackson. Though The Spider was wanted by the law, 
police inspector Kirkpatrick often unwittingly provided informa- 
tion to The Spider through his friend Wentworth. 

"The Spider" was the seventh character pulp. It appeared with 
the October 1 933 issue and continued for 1 1 7 issues more, 
until 1 944. 

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5 Avenger? 

A. When his wife and daughter were cruelly murdered, 
Richard Henry Benson underwent a transformation — his hair 
turned stark white, his facial muscles froze and he becameThe 

The Avenger was a blend of Street 
and Smith's two hit crimefighters — 
The Shadow and Doc Savage — he 
was a "merciless, avenging machine of 
steel" and, yet, was a public figure 
which those in trouble sought out for 
help. What distinguished him from the 
other two Street and Smith characters 
was his face. Benson could mold the 
features of his paralyzed face "into 
position to adopt any guise." 

Assisting him in his war against evil was a band of trusted 
aides; together they formed the efficient crimefighting organi- 
zation Justice Inc. 

It's interesting to note that two of The Avenger's comrades, 
Joshua Elijah H. Newton and his wife, Rosabel, broke the 
stereotypical and derogatory depictions of black Americans in 
popular culture of the 1930s. Both were honor graduates of 
Tuskeegee Institute. Though they sometimes went undercover 
as "languid servants," their keen minds made them indispensi- 
ble members of Justice Inc. 

The new crimefighter hit the streets in a September 1939 issue 
under the writer's credit of Kenneth Robeson, "the famous cre- 
ator of Doc Savage." Robeson, of course, was a house name, 
this time used by writer Paul Ernst. "The Avenger" magazine 
lasted 24 issues, until September 1942. His adventures con- 
tinued in a series of short stories, written by Emile Tepperman. 
Five of the stories appeared in "Clues Detective" magazine 
and one in "The Shadow" magazine. 

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\J. Who were G-8 and His 

A. The sixth pulp character to get his own magazine, G-8 took 
to the skies with his wingmen in October 1933 and battled 
everything the Kaiser could throw at him. And it wasn't your 
run-of-the-mill Red Baron that came after 

Aviation writer Robert J. 

Hogan pitted the World War I 

flying ace and master spy 

against some of the most vile 

foes the Kaiser's scientists coulc 

conceive: "The Skeleton 

Patrol," the "Squadron of 

Corpses," "The Headless Staffel," 

the "Wings of Invisible Doom" 

and dozens of other weird enemie 

But nonetheless, "G-8 and His Battle Aces" 

were victorious for 110 issues, until the magazine folded in 


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Yes. Using Robert Weinberg and Lohr McKinstry's "The Hero-Pulp 
index" (Opar Press, 1971) as a basis, Nick Sauer and Michael Rogero 
Brown put together several files in early 1993 containing indices for most 
of the hero pulps. The indices include volume and issue numbers, authors, 
date of publication, paperback reprints, and comic book, radio, movie and 
other book appearances by the characters. 

These indices are available at the Rutgers' SF-Lovers archive: 

■ "Black Bat": 

■ "Captain Future": 

■ "Doc Savage": 

■ "G-8 and His Battle Aces": 

■ "Moon Man": 

■ "Operator 5": 

■ "The Phantom Detective": 

■ "Secret Agent X": 

■ "The Shadow": 


■ "The Spider": 

■ Minor heroes and villains: 

■ "Weird Heroes," a 1970s attempt at creating a paperback hero-pulp 

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y. Are there any equivalents to character pulps today? 

A. Yes. They are the paperback adventure series. 
Paperbacks fill a similar niche as the old pulp magazines. In 
particular, the paperback series such as the Executioner, Nick 
Carter (a revival of sorts of the pulp and dime-novel character), 
the Destroyer, the Penetrator, et al, are similar in many ways to 
the old character pulps. It's doubtful that these adventure 
series would have happened had it not been for the success of 
Bantam's reprint series of Doc Savage. 

In fact, Will Murray, who wrote the last few Doc Savage novels 
as the new Kenneth Robeson, current writes the Destroyer 

— Michael R. Brown 

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y. Have pulp heroes had any impact on popular culture? 

A. Yes, but to a great extent most people don't realize it. 

Who hasn't heard of the phrases: "The weed of crime bears 
bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow Knows!" or "Who 
knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow 
Knows!" Both come from the widely popular Shadow radio 

For the most part, the pulp heroes influenced other characters 
who became much more popular. Batman was influenced 
quite a bit by Zorro, the Black Bat, The Shadow and Doc 
Savage. Doc Savage had a great influence on Superman. Doc 
Savage was actually Clark Savage Jr.; Superman took the 
identity of Clark Kent. During the 1950s, many concepts from 
Doc Savage were added to Superman: Superman got an arc- 
tic Fortress of Solitude (just like Doc), he got a superpowered 
cousin (just like Doc), and so on. Much of the gadgetry of 
James Bond, Man from U.N.C.L.E.and the like was done 
before by Doc Savage. 

Comic book heroes were influenced by the pulps before they 
went in their own directions. A pulp-influenced comic character 
would be one who wore ordinary clothes such as a fedora and 
overcoat (no matter how colorful), versus some kind of skin- 
tight spandex outfit; and would be an above-average person, 
as opposed to a superpowered person. Some examples of 
pulp-influenced comic characters were D.C.'s Dr. Occult and 
the original Sandman (who wore a green suit, purple cape, 
orange fedora and a weird gas-mask). 

— Michael Rogero Brown 

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een attempts to do new pulp-style hero char- 
^^ ^^^ 

A. There have been several attempts at doing original pulp 
style characters in books, comics, and movies, but most met 
with limited success. Among these attempts are: 

(Note: This list contains only original characters, not adapta- 
tions of classic pulp characters, such as Conan, Doc Savage, 
Tarzan, Sheena, and the like. Also, it is certainly not compre- 
hensive, but does provide an overview of what is out there.) 


"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th 
Dimension" — This novelization, by Earl Mac Rauch, contains 
information on the character left out of the movie. 

Prince Zarkon of the Unknown — This series by Lin Carter 
was an Avenger/Doc Savage-style character. Most novels 
included cameos of pulp characters. 

■ "Nemesis of Evil" 

■ "Invisible Death" 

■ "Volcano Ogre" 

■ "Earth-Shaker" 

■ "Horror Wears Blue" 

Darkman — These books were based on the pulp-inspired 
movie character. 

Agent 13 — This series by Frank Dille and David Marconi was 
about a man fighting a world-wide secret society in the 1 930s. 
The third book was published with "Web of Danger," by Aaron 
Allston, in the first of the Double Agent series. There were 
more Double agent books, but no more Agent 1 3 stories. 
There was also an Agent 13 comic book and role-playing 

■ "The Midnight Avenger" 

■ "Serpentine Assassins" 

■ "Acolytes of Darkness" 

Doc Sidhe — Aaron Allston's novel is set in a world combining 
fantasy and hero-pulp genres. 

Indiana Jones — These novels were based on the serial/pulp 
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inspired movie character. Titles included: 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi" (by Rob MacGregor) 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants" (by Rob 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils" (by Rob MacGregor) 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge" (by Rob 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy" (by Rob 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Interior World" (by Rob MacGregor) 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates" (by Martin Caidin) 

■ "Indiana Jones and the White Witch" (by Martin Caidin) 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone" (by Max 

Cap Kennedy — Titles in this series include: 

■ "Galaxy of the Lost" 

■ "Slave Ship from Kergan" 

■ "Monster of the Metelaze" 

■ "Enemy within the Skull" 

■ "Jewel of Jarhen" 

■ "Seetee Alert!" 

■ "The Gholan Gate" 

■ "The Eater of Worlds" 

■ "Earth Enslaved" 

■ "Planet of Dread" 

■ "Spawn of Laban" 

■ "The Genetic Buccaneer" 

■ "A World Aflame" 

■ "The Ghosts of Epidoris" 

■ "Mimics of Dephene" 

■ "Beyond the Galactic Lens" 

■ "The Galactiad" 

Dr. Bones — This space adventurer/archaeologist was con- 
ceived by Byron Priess, the creator of the "Weird Heroes" 

■ "The Secret of the Loma" (Stephen Leigh) 

■ "The Cosmic Bomber" (William F. Wu) 

■ "Garukan Blood" (Thomas Wilde) 

■ "The Dragons of Komako" (John Gregory Betancourt) 

■ "Nightmare World" (David Stern) 

■ "Journey to Rilla" (Thomas Wide) 

Lord Grandrith/Doc Caliban — Continuing his Wold Newton 
Family concept, Philip Jose Farmer retold the adventures of 
the "real" Tarzan and Doc Savage: 

■ "A Feast Unknown" 

■ "Lord of the Trees" 

■ "The Mad Goblin" 
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"Rocketeer" — This movie novelization by Peter David has 
some pulp touches. It's based more on the movie, than the 
original comic. 

"Weird Heroes: A New American Pulp" — Here was editor 
Byron Preiss' attempt to create a modern-day pulp in paper- 
back. The books were a mixture of anthologies and whole nov- 
els. Its eight volumes met with limited success. An index is 
posted at the Rutgers Science Fiction Lovers website. 


"Agent 13" (TSR) — The paperback series inspired these 
graphic novels and comic books. The graphic novels were 
"The Midnight Avenger," which loosely adapts the first two 
books, and "Acolyte of Darkness," which adapted the third 
book. The comic was titled "1 3: Assassin" and was set in mod- 
ern times. It lasted for eight issues (two four-part mini-series). 

"Dominic Fortune" (Marvel) — The Howard Chaykin charac- 
ter was similar in some ways to his "Scorpion" character. 
Dominic Fortune was a soldier of fortune-style character set in 
the '30s. Chaykin did several one-shot stories that appeared in 
various showcase series at Marvel. Fortune also appeared in 
modern times as an old man searching for his lover from the 
'30s, but this was not done by Chaykin. 

"Dreamwalker" (Marvel) — This graphic novel deals with a 
pulp-style hero from the '30s, but is set in modern times. He is 
killed by gangsters, and his son, a secret agent, takes over. 

"Indiana Jones" (Marvel and Dark Horse) — The George 
Lucas/Steven Spielberg movie series inspired these original 
comic book stories. Marvel did a series called "Further 
Adventures of Indiana Jones" which lasted 34 issues from 
1983-86. Dark Horse has published a series of Indiana Jones 
miniseries by various writers and artists, and with involvement 
of LucasFilms. The first miniseries has been reprinted in trade 
paperback. Dark Horse titles include: 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" #1 -4 [1 991 , set in 

■ "Indiana Jones and Thunder in the Orient" #1-6 [1993-4, set 
in 1938] 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold" #1-4 [1994, set in 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece" #1-2 [1994, set in 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Shrine of the Sea Devil" [1994, set 
in 1935] 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix" #1 -4 [1 994-5, set in 
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■ "Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny" #1-4 [1995, set in 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates" #1 -4 [1 995-6, set 
in 1939] 

■ "Indiana Jones and The Dance of Death" [set in 1940] 

■ "Indiana Jones and the Lost Horizon" [set in 1935] 

"Midnight Men" (Epic/Marvel) — Another Howard Chaykin 
comic, this one deals with a group of vigilantes in California 
existing since colonial times. When one dies, an another takes 
his place. The stories were set in modern times. 

"Night Raven" (Marvel UK) — This British comic book char- 
acter was set in 1930s America. The comics tell the story of a 
mysterious Shadow-like vigilante hero (the reader never 
knows who he is) There are two Night Raven graphic novels: 
one collecting the comic book stories; the other an original 
graphic novel. A Night Raven text series also appeared in the 
monthly "Captain Britain" magazine. 

Prowler (Eclipse) — The stories about this 1 930s-era charac- 
ter are set in modern times with him coming out of retirement 
to train a replacement. It has had two four-issue miniseries: 
"Prowler" and "Revenge of the Prowler." 

"Rocketeer" (Pacific/Eclipse/Comico/Dark Horse) — Though 
more heavily influenced by the "Rocketman" movie serials, 
"Rocketeer" does incorporate pulp elements. In fact, in the first 
comic series (since reprinted in trade paperback by Eclipse) 
the rocketpack was created by Doc Savage. In the second 
series, the Rocketeer meets The Shadow. It inspired a movie 
and novelization. 

"Sandman Mystery Theater" (DC/Vertigo) — Each of new 
stories of this '30s pulp-style character are spread over four 
issues. Stories include: 

■ "The Tarantula" (issues #1 -4) [reprinted in trade paperback] 

■ "The Face" (issues #5-8) 

■ "The Brute" (issues #9-1 2) 

■ "The Vamp" (issues #13-1 6) 

■ "The Scorpion" (issues #1 7-20) 

■ "Dr. Death" (issues #21 -24) 

■ "The Night of the Butcher" (issues #25-28) 

■ "Hourman" (issues #29-32) 

■ "The Python" (issues #33-36) 

■ "The Mist" (issues #37-40) 

■ Annual #1 

■ Annual #2 

■ "Sandman Midnight Theater" (one-shot) 
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"The Scorpion" (Atlas) — Created by Howard Chaykin, this 
mercenarial immortal's adventures were set in the '30s. 
Chaykin only did the first two issues, then the character was 
revised and reset in the present only to become your typical 
costumed do-gooder. 

"Twilight Avenger" (Eternity) — The Twilight Avenger was 
pulp-style hero set in the '30s. 

"Wordsmith" (Renegade) — This series dealth with a writer of 
pulp heroes. The 12-issue series has been collected in two 
trade paperbacks (Caliber). There is also a companion piece 
called "Heroes from Wordsmith," dealing with his pulp charac- 


"Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th 
Dimension" — Banzai, the rock-star/physicist/surgeon/hero 
and his aides are very pulp-like in style. Also a novelization and 
a comic book adaptation. 

"Dark Man" — The Spider was an inspiration for this charac- 
ter according to the creator. Also a novelization and paperback 
series, and a comic book adaptation and a series of original 
comic book stories. There are also two direct-to-video sequels. 

Indiana Jones — The popular George Lucas/Steven 
Spielberg character is based on pulp and movie-serial heroes, 
and set in the 1930s. Afourth movie has been talked about, but 
nothing has been firmed up. The movies also spawned paper- 
backs, comic books and a short-lived TV series. Film episodes 

■ "Raiders of the Lost Ark" 

■ "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom" 

■ "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade" 

"Jake Speed" — This hero from a paperback novel series (the 
novels supposedly are written by Jake's assistant to fund their 
adventures) helps a woman looking for her sister who has 
been kidnapped by white slavers. Jake mentions the Destroyer 
and Doc Savage as being real people. (Doc is said to be 

"Rocketeer" — This movie was adapted from the "Rocketeer" 
comic which first appeared under the Pacific Comics logo. The 
Doc Savage character was changed to Howard Hughes for the 
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"Adventures of Brisco County Jr." — This series was based 
on a non-existent dime novel/pulp western series. It lasted only 
one session on Fox. 

"Legend" — Another short-lived series, "Legend" starred 
Richard Dean Anderson as a dime novelist who wrote of a larg- 
er-than-life character named Nicodamus Legend. He became 
involved with matters which forced him to take on the persona 
of Legend. Anderson's character is aided by the turn-of-the- 
century hi-tech wizardry of Professor Bartok. 

Grey Ghost — This Shadow-esque character, voiced by 
Adam West, appeared in "Batman: The Animated Series." 

Nightshade — This pulp-style character from the '50s comes 
out of retirement to help the Flash stop an old foe, in ABC 
series "The Flash." The character reappears in another 
episode when a vigilante takes his name as "Deadly 

"Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" — This short-lived series 
focused on the adventures of Indiana Jones at the ages of 10 
and 16. It was based on the movie character. 


Justice Inc. (Hero Games) —Justice Inc. is a hero-pulp role- 
playing game. Two scenario books, "Trail of the Goldspike" (a 
hero-pulp adventure) and "Lands of Mystery" (a set of rules on 
playing Edgar Rice Burroughs-style "lost worlds romances") 
were published. It is out of print. 

Daredevils (Fantasy Games Unlimited) —Another pulp role- 
playing game, it covered all genres. Five volumes of short sce- 
narios were published called "Daredevil Adventures." It is out 
of print. 

Agent 13 (TSR) —Another role-playing game, this one was 
based on the paperback series. There was also an "Agent 13 
Sourcebook" for "Top Secret SI" game. 

GURPS Cliffhanger (SJG) — This world book for Steve 
Jackson Games' Generic Universal Role-Playing Game pro- 
vided a basis for role-playing serial and pulp heroes. 

Savage Empire (Origin Games) — This was a computer game 
based on "lost worlds" pulp stores, such as Edgar Rice 
Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard. 
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Pulp-style Heros continued. 


Nick Naime and his Agents of P.U.L.P. — This series of fan fic- 
tion novels by Jeff McCoskey are available only on the Internet 
(and occasionally posted to alt.pulp). They are a parody of the 
hero-pulp genre. The novels include: 

■ "The Man from P.U.L.P." 

■ "Synonyms of Fear" 

■ "Satan's Trousers" 

■ "Improbable Island" 

■ "Double Jeopardy" (to be serialized in the fall of 1 997) 

The stories are available at the Eyrie website: 

— Michael Rogero Brown 

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Page 22 


What is Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family? 

A. Farmer's idea of the Wold Newton Family was put forth in 
"Tarzan Alive" and "Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life," his two 
"biographies" of those characters. Basically the idea is that in 
the 1 700s a radioactive meteor landed near Wold Newton, 
England. The radiation affected the occupants of two nearby 

The descendants of these people became the real-life heroes 
and villains that are the basis for almost all the major and minor 
literary heroes of the last couple of centuries, including such 
diverse characters as Fu Manchu, James Bond, Travis 
McGee, most of the pulp heroes, the Scarlet Pimpernel and 
others. Of course the stories we have read about them are 
exaggerated fiction, so that most people think them wholly fic- 

Some people like this concept, many do not. Farmer has writ- 
ten several works linking these people together (like the "The 
Adventure of the Peerless Peer" and "The Other Log of 
Phineas Fogg") and there was a short-lived fanzine, "Wold 
Atlas, devoted to the idea. 

There is a western author named J.T. Edson who has incorpo- 
rated Farmer's Wold Newton ideas. In his series of books, sev- 
eral of the characters are part of that "family," including Captain 
Dusty Fog. If anyone has more info on them, please let us 

This is the list of Wold Newton stories, as recorded by Michael 
Rogero Brown: 

Philip Jose Farmer 

■ "Tarzan Alive" (non-fiction biography of Tarzan) 

■ "Tarzan Lives: An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke" 
(in Book of PJF) 

■ "The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout" (in Book 
of PJF) 

■ "The Apocalyptic Life of Doc Savage (non-fiction biography 
of Doc Savage) 

■ "The Other Log of Phineas Fogg" (Fogg and 

■ "Extract from the Memoirs of 'Lord Greystoke' " 

■ "After King Kong Fell" (in Grand Adventure, — Doc Savage 
and The Shadow make cameo appearance) 
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Wold Newton continued. 

"The Adventure of the Peerless Peer" (Tarzan, Sherlock 

Holmes, The Shadow, G-8, The Spider) 

"The Adventure of the Three Madmen" (rework of previous, 

in Grand Adventure — replaces Tarzan with Mowgli from 

Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book") 

"Ironcastle" (rewrite of "L'etonnant voyage de Hanetan 

Ironcastle" by J.H. Rosny — mentions that Ironcastle and 

Doc Savage lead an expedition to Maple White Land from 

Conan Doyle's novel "Lost World") 

"A Feast Unknown" (Vol. IX of Lord Grandrith's Memoirs — 

Tarzan vs. Doc Savage) 

"Lord of the Trees" (Vol. X of Lord Grandrith's Memoirs — 


"The Mad Goblin" (sequel to "A Feast Unknown" featuring 

Doc Savage) 

"Secret Immortals (sequel to "Lord of the Trees" and "The 

Mad Goblin"; does not yet exist) 

"Lord Tyger" (rich man creates his own Tarzan) 

"Time's Last Gift" (Tarzan) 

"Hadon of Ancient Opar" (set in land from Tarzan series) 

"Flight to Opar" (sequel to "Hadon of Ancient Opar") 

J.T. Edson 

"Floating Outfit" series, featuring Captain Dusty Fog 
"Bunduki" series 

— Michael Rogero Brown 

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, al 

y. Are there any books on pulps? 

A. Yes. There have been many books written about pulps, 
pulp characters and pulp authors. 

The following list, compiled by the proprietors of the .Pulp 
website, is certainly not a comprehensive bibliography, but 
provides a solid foundation. Many of the following items are 
out of print, but can often be found through book dealers or 
from fellow pulp fans. 

The proprietors of .Pulp welcome additions to this bibliog- 
raphy, if you are aware of books or articles pertaining to 
pulps - not reprinting them - that do not appear in this list, 
please contact .Pulp at email: . 

Comments regarding entries appear in italics. Unsigned 
comments are those of the .Pulp staff; comments by con- 
tributors are credited. 


Beaumont, Charles. "The Bloody Pulps," Playboy 
Magazine September 1 962. 

Bleiler, Richard J.. "The Annotated Index to the Thrill Book: 
Complete Indexes to and Descriptions of Everything 
Published in Street and Smith's The Thrill Book" 
Starmont Reference Guides. Starmont House, 1991. 

Darrach, Brad. "Back to the Gore of Yore," Time 26 July 

Dziemianowicz, Stefan R.. "The Annotated Guide to 
Unknown and Unknown Worlds" Starmont Studies in 
Literary Criticism. Starmont House, 1991 . 

Gallagher, Edward J.. "The Annotated Guide to Fantastic 
Adventures" Starmont Reference Guides. Starmont 
House, 1985. 

Gammell, Leon. "The Annotated Guide to Startling Stories" 
Starmont Reference Guides. Starmont House, 1 986. 

Goodson,Tony, ed. "The Pulps" Chelsea House, 1970. 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Goulart, Ron. "Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the 
Pulp Magazine" Arlington House, 1972. (Also in paper- 
back, "An Informal History of the Pulp Magazine" Ace 
Books, 1973.) 

Gruber, Frank. "The Pulp Jungle" Sherbourne, 1967. 

Hagemann, E.R. "Comprehensive Index to 'Black Mask': 
1920-1951" Bowling Green State University Popular 
Press, 1 982. 

Hamilton, Frank, and Link Hullar. "Favorites" Tattered 
Pages Press. 

Hutchison, Don. "The Great Pulp Heroes" Mosaic Press, 

Jaffery, Sheldon. "The Collector's Index to 'Weird Tales' " 
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1985. 

Jones,Robert Kenneth. "The Lure of Adventure" Starmont 
Pulp and Dime Novel Studies. Starmont House, 1989. 

Lesser, Robert. "Pulp Art: Original Cover Paintings for the 
Great American Pulp Magazines" Random House, 1 997. 

This book, due out in October 1997, promises a col- 
lection of original paintings by pulp artists such as 
Virgil Finlay, Rafael de Soto, J. Allen St. John and 
George Rozen. 

Reynolds, Quentin. "Fiction Factory: From Pulp Road to 
Quality Street" Random House, 1 956. 

Robbins, Leonard A.. "The Pulp Magazine Index" 
Starmont, 1 989. 

Sampson, Robert. "Deadly Excitements, Shadows and 
Phantoms" Bowling Green State University Popular 
Press, 1989. 

Server, Lee. "Danger Is My Business" Chronicle Books, 

Tefertillar, Robert L. "Clandestine Reading: The Gone but 
not Forgotten Pulps," Antiques and Collecting Magazine 
May 1 994, vol. 99, No. 3, 47, 58-59. 

Tefertillar recalls being a kid growing up reading the 
pulps. Also included is a short box on the history of the 
pulps and pulp pricing. 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Traylor, James, ed. "Dime Detective Index" Pulp Collectors 
Press, 1 986. 

(Unsigned). "The 50 Rarest Pulps" Mediascene No. 17 
(January-February 1976), 22-25 

James Steranko's magazine asked a panel of pulp vet- 
erans and historians, including Robert Weinberg, Fred 
Cook, Joe Goggin and Ernest Toth, to help it select this 
collectors list. 

(Unsigned). "The Pulps Are Coming Out of The Shadow," 
Washington Post-L.A. Times Wire Service, 8 May 1 977. 

A look at the rival in the popularity of the pulps, with 
comments by Popular Publications founder Henry 
Steeger and "The Shadow" author Walter B. Gibson. 

Van Hise, James, ed. "Pulp Heroes of the Thirties" 
Midnight Graffiti Publications, 1994. 

A collection of articles on pulp characters, writers and 
artists, as well as three works of fiction. It features 
reprinted articles and original works, including: 

* "Sex and the Spider," Robert Sampson. 

m "The Top 10 Spider Novels — And One Stinker," Will 

u "Twenty Years of Murder," Don Hutchison. 

■ "A Penny A Wor." 

u "Hardboiled Detectibles," Rex Miller. 

u "The Pulp Heroes and the Death Syndrome — or, A 
Death-Defying Act." 

Van Hise, James, ed. "PulpMasters" Midnight Graffiti 
Publications, 1996. 

Another collection of articles on pulp characters, writ- 
ers and artists. It features reprinted articles and origi- 
nal works, including: 

m "Pulps — Television of the 1930s," Erika Fensley 

u "The Top 25 Shadow Novels — And One Stinker," 
Will Murray. 

m "Modern Pulp Fandom." 

m "How I Write," Norvell W. Page. 

■ "Robert E. Howard: Master of the Dark Fantastic," 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

James Van Hise. 

* "Margaret Brundage: The Great Lady of Weird 
Tales," James Van Hise. 

Weinberg, Robert. "The Weird Tales Story" FAX, 1977. 

Interviews with artists and authors are the foundation 
for a study of the fantasy and horror magazine. 

Weinburg, Robert, and Lohr McKinstry. "The Hero-Pulp 
Index" Opar Press, 1971 . 

Wilkinson, Richard Hill. "Whatever Happened to the 
Pulps?" Saturday Review 10 February 1962, 60-61 , 67. 

Wilkinson, who chiefly wrote Western fiction under the 
names of R.R. Meredith, Thomas Christie and Lt. 
Harlan Hayford, discusses writing pulps and offers his 
opinions on what killed them off. 


Bishoff, Murray. "Shadow of the Ages," The Collector Fall 

Carr, Nick. "America's Secret Service Ace: Operator #5" 
Pulp Classics #7, 1 974. Starmont, 1 985. 

Carr, Nick. "The Flying Spy, A History of G-8" Pulp Classics 
#19. 1974. Starmont, 1985. 

Carr, Nick. "The Horseback Gladiator: The Life and Times 
of the Rio Kid" The Secret Society of the Sanctum, 1 997. 

Carr, Nick. "The Other Detective Pulp Heroes" Tattered 
Pages Press, 1 992. 

Eisgruber, Frank Jr. "Gangland's Doom" Pulp Classics #1 , 
1 973. Starmont, 1 985. * 

Ellis, Mark, and Paul Davis, eds. "Doc Savage: Manual of 
Bronze" Millennium Publications Inc., August 1992. 

The "Manual," printed in comicbook format, includes 
profiles of Doc Savage, his five pals, cousin Pat 
Savage and selected villains. Also included are: dia- 
grams of The Helldiver submarine and Doc's head- 
quarters; a prototype for an unsold 1936 Doc Savage 
comic strip (by author Lester Dent and illustrator Paul 
Orban); and drawings for a proposed (but also never 
produced) Doc Savage cartoon. 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Farmer, Philip Jose. "Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life" 
Simon and Schuster, 1972; Bantam Books, 1973; 
Playboy Press, 1981. 

Gibson, Walter. Introduction to "A Quarter of Eight/The 
Freak Show Murders" Doubleday Crime Club, 1978. 

The introduction offers a glimpse at the pulp history 
which lead to "The Shadow." 

Gibson, Walter. Introduction to "Crime over Casco/The 
Mother Goose Murders" Doubleday Crime Club, 1 979. 

Gibson explains how location played an important fac- 
tor in his "Shadow" tales. 

Gibson, Walter. "Norgil: Walter Gibson Conjures Up a 
Magician Detective," Mediascene No. 27 (September- 
October 1977), 7. 

The author of The Shadow details how his background 
in magic lead to the development of Norgil. 

Gibson, Walter. "The Shadow" article in "The Great 
Detectives," Otto Penzler, ed.; Little, Brown and Co., 

"Gibson discusses The Shadow and gives a possible 
explanation for the why The Shadow's ring is different 
at different times." - 

Gibson, Walter, and Anthony Tollin. "The Shadow 
Scrapbook" HBJ. 

Grant, Maxwell (Walter B. Gibson). Introduction to "Norgil 
The Magician" The Mysterious Press, 1 977. 

Gibson discusses the impact of magic on his pulp 

Grant, Maxwell (Walter B. Gibson) Introduction to "Norgil: 
More Tales of Prestigitection" The Mysterious Press, 

Gibson looks back at the influences of short stories in 
the collection. 

Hopkins, Howard. "The Grey Nemesis" Golden Perils 
Press, 1 992. 

Johnson, Tom. "The Black Bat" Golden Perils Press and 
Fading Shadows Inc, 1990. 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Johnson, Tom. "From Shadow to Superman" Fading 
Shadows Inc. 1991. 

Johnson, Tom. "The Green Ghost" Fading Shadows Inc. 

Johnson, Tom. "The History of the Purple Wars" Fading 
Shadows, Inc. 1991. 

Johnson, Tom, and Will Murray. "Secret Agent X" Pulp 
Classics #22, 1980. Revised edition: Golden Perils 
Press and Fading Shadows, Inc. 1990. 

Murray, Will. "The Doc Savage Files" Odyssey Pub, 1985. 

Murray, Will. "Doc Savage: The Genesis of a Popular 
Fiction Hero" 1 979. 

Murray, Will. "Doc Savage: Reflections in Bronze" Odyssey 
Press, 1 978. 

Murray, Will. "The Duende History of the Shadow" Odyssey 
Press, 1980. 

Murray, Will. "G-8's Weird War" The Comics Buyer's Guide 
(May 25, 1984). 

Murray, Will. "The Invincible Doc Savage" Odyssey Press, 

Murray, Will. "Secrets of Doc Savage" Odyssey Press, 

Nanovic, John. "Doc Savage, Supreme Adventurer" 
Odyssey Press, 1 980. 

We're not normally listing fiction on this page, but... this 
novella was the template for Doc Savage, and there- 
fore deserves inclusion. 

Sampson, Robert. "Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze," 
Giant-Size Doc Savage, Marvel Comics, No. 1 (1975), 
54-55, 58-60. 

Pulp historian Sampson gives an overview of Doc 
Savage and pals. 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Sampson, Robert. "The Night Master" Pulp Press, 1982. 

Sampson, Robert. "The Spider" Bowling Green State 
University Popular Press, 1987. 

Sampson, Robert. "Yesterday's Faces: A Study of Series 
Characters in the Early Pulp Magazines" 6 volumes. 
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1 988-93. 

■ "Glory Figures" vol. 1 . 

■ "Strange Days" vol. 2. 

■ "From the Darkside" vol. 3. 

■ "The Solvers" vol. 4. 

■ "Dangerous Horizons" vol. 5. 

■ "Violent Lives" vol. 6 

Tollin, Anthony. "The Man Who Created The Shadow" The 
Shadow: Blood and Judgement, DC Comics, No. 1 (May 
1986), 34. 

Tollin, Anthony. "Shades of The Shadow," an introduction 
to "The Shadow: Blood and Judgement" graphic novel, 
DC Comics, 1987. 

"Shades of The Shadow" was the introduction to the 
graphic novel collection of Howard Chaykin's four- 
issue miniseries. 

Tollin, Anthony. "The Shadow: A Dossier" The Shadow, 
National Periodical Publications Inc. (DC Comics), No. 9 
(February-March 1 975, 32-33. 

A brief look at The Shadow of the pulps, radio and film. 

Tollin, Anthony. "The Shadow's Agents" The Shadow: 
Blood and Judgement, DC Comics, No. 1 (May 1986), 

Tollin, Anthony. "The Story of The Shadow" The Shadow: 
Crime and Punishment, DC Comics, No. 2 (June 1986), 

Tollin, Anthony. "Voices from The Shadows" The Shadow: 
Brothers in Blood, DC Comics, No. 4 (August 1986), 31- 

(Unsigned). "Operator 5: A Cover History" The Secret 
Society of the Sanctum, 1 997. 

This book reprints in color all 48 of the pulp series' 
covers, plus has an article by Nick Can and a index to 
the series. 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

(Unsigned). "Return of the Hero" Mediascene, No. 1 1 
(January-February 1 974), 20-21 . 

After an introduction linked to the publication of "The 
Shadow" series by Pyramid, the article lets Walter B. 
Gibson tell in his own words how The Shadow of the 
pulps came to be. 

(Unsigned). " 'Shadow' knows no popularity limit," The 
Associated Press, 30 November 1 978. 

An interview with Walter B. Gibson, at a mystery writ- 
ers' convention in Chicago, on the growing popularity 
of The Shadow. 

Weinberg, Robert, "The Annotated Guide to Robert E. 
Howard's Sword and Sorcery" (unkown),197? 

A guide to the barbarian heroes of Robert E. Howard, 
including Conan, Kull, Bran Mak Morn and Solomon 

Widen, Larry, and Chris Miracle. "Doc Savage: Arch- 
Enemy of Evil" Fantasticon Press, 1 993/95. 

Zebrowski, George. "The Shadow Radio and Pulp Origins: 
From a '30s Radio Host Voiced by Orson Welles to Pulp 
Novel Franchise," Cinefantastique Vol. 25, No. 4 (August 
1994), 20-21. 

This short history of The Shadow, like the other arti- 
cles in the magazine's coverage of the 1994 movie, 
includes several factual errors. Zebrowski often seems 
to confuse the radio Shadow with the pulp Shadow, 
indicating that The Shadow is really Lamont Cranston 
and that The Shadow "fought the underworld — with 
police help, of course." Another article in this issue of 
the magazine, by Dan Scapperotti, looks at The 
Shadow movies and serials of the 1930s and '40s. 


Ashley, Michael, ed. "The History of the Science Fiction 
Magazine: Vol. 1, 1926-1935" Henry Regnery, 1976. 

Ashley offers a 40-plus page introduction looking at 
science fiction magazines from the antecedents to 
"Amazing Stories" through 1935. The remainder of the 
book features reprinted stories. 

Ashley, Michael, ed. "The History of the Science Fiction 
Magazine: Vol. 2, 1936-1945" Henry Regnery, 1976. 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Ashley, Michael, ed. "The History of the Science Fiction 
Magazine: Vol. 3, 1946-1955" Contemporary, 1977. 

Carr, Nick. "The Western Pulp Hero: An Investigation into 
the Psyche of an American Legend" Starmont Popular 
Culture Studies. Starmont House, 1989. 

Carter, Lin. "Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos" 
Starmont Popular Culture Studies. Starmont House. 

de Camp, L. Sprague. "Blond Barbarians and Noble 
Savages" Essays on Fantastic Literature. Borgo Press, 

Dinan, John A.. "The Pulp Western: A Popular History of 
the Western Fiction Magazine in America" I.O. Evans 
Studies in the Philosophy and Criticism of Literature. 
Borgo Press, 1 983. 

Dinan, John and James Steranko. "Behind the Mask: Part 
Two: Tracing the Origins of the Great Pulp Heroes," 
Mediascene No. 17 (January-February 1996), 26-27. 

A look at the inspirations for The Black Bat and The 
Avenger. (See Part One, listed below under 

Elliot, Jeffrey M. "Pulp Voices: Interviews with Pulp 
Magazine Writers and Editors; or Science Fiction Voices 
No. 6" The Milford Series: Popular Writers of Today. 
Borgo Press, 1 983. 

Interviews with writers and editors of science fiction 
pulps, including Jack Williamson, Horace L. Gold, 
Stanton A. Coblentz, C.L. Moore and Raymond Z. 
Gallun. With an introduction by Poul Anderson. 

Goulart, Ron. "The Dime Detectives" Mysterious Press, 

Jones, Robert. "The Shudder Pulps" FAXtarmont, 1 975. 

A history of the weird menace magazines, such as 
"Horror Stories," "Terror Tales" and "Dime Mystery." 

Moskowitz, Sam. "The Growth of Science Fiction from 
1900 to the Early 1950s," Blueprint for Space: Science 
Fiction to Science Fact, Smithsonian Institution, 1992. 

Pulp veteran Moskowitz covers the development of 
science fiction from the weeklies at the turn of the cen- 
tury through the pulp era and into the post-World War 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

// period. Nicely reprinted, color covers from 
"Astounding," "Amazing Stories" and other pulps illus- 
trate the chapter. 

Moskowitz, Sam. "Under the Moons of Mars: AHistory and 
Anthology of The Scientific Romance' in the Munsey 
Magazines, 1912-1920" Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 

(Unsigned). "Behind the Mask: Tracing the Great Pulp 
Heroes," Mediascene No. 14 (July-August 1975), 4-5. 

Inspirations for The Shadow and Doc Savage are cov- 
ered, as well as how they inspired other pulps. 
(Possibly written by James Steranko and/or John 
Dinan, see Part Two listing above.) 

Steranko, James. "The Steranko History of Comics, Vol. 1" 
Supergraphics, 1970. 

One chapter in this book looks at "The Bloody Pulps." 


Cannaday, Marilyn. "Bigger than Life: The Creator of Doc 
Savage" Popular Press, 1 990. 

Cerasini, Marc A., and Charles E. Hoffman. "Robert E. 
Howard" Starmont Reader's Guides. Starmont House, 

Cox, J. Randolph. "Man of Magic and Mystery: A Guide to 
the Work of Walter B. Gibson" Scarecrow Press, 1988. 

Here's a thorough accounting of the work that Gibson 
did for "The Shadow," other pulps, comics, books and 

Gildea, William. " 'The Shadow's' Creator Still Lurks in 
Hearts..." The Washington Post-L.A. Times Wire 
Service, 24 May 1 978 

An interview with Walter B. Gibson. 

Joshi, ST.. "H.P. Lovecraft" Starmont Reader's Guides. 
Starmont House. 

The book's second edition was published under the 
title of "A Subtler Magick:The Writings and Philosophy 
of H.P. Lovecraft" The Milford Series: Popular Writers 
of Today. Starmont House. 

Lupoff, Richard A.. "Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Adventure" Canaveral Press, 1 965 (revised, Ace Books, 

Lord, Glenn. "The Last Celt" Donald M. Grant, 1976. 

A portrait of Robert E. Howard painted from his notes, 
manuscripts, letters and stories. 

McCarey-Laird, M. Martin. "Lester Dent: The Man, His 
Craft, and His Market" Hidalgo Publishing Co., 1994. 

Montgomery, George. "The Shadow Knew" Textile Bridge 
Press, 1 989. 

A personal reminiscence of times spent with Walter 
Gibson and how author Jack Kerouac may have been 
influenced by "The Shadow" stories. An odd, but inter- 
esting booklet. Introduction by the Amazing Kreskin. 

Moskowitz, Sam. foreword to "Worlds of Weird," edited by 
Leo Margulies. Pyramid Books, 1965. 

A look at "The Forgotten Creator of Weird Tales,' " the 
magazine's originator and publisher J. C. Henneberger. 

Parente, Audrey. "Pulp Man's Odyssey: The Hugh B. Cave 
Story" Starmont House, 1 988. 

Parente, Audrey. "Pulpmaster: The Theodore Roscoe 
Story" Starmont Popular Culture Studies. Starmont 
House, 1992. 

Price, Robert M.. "H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos" 
Starmont Studies in Literary Criticism. Starmont House. 

Schweitzer, Darrell. "Conan's World and Robert E. 
Howard" The Milford Series: Popular Writers of Today. 
Borgo Press, 1 978. 

Schweitzer, Darrell, ed. "Discovering H.P. Lovecraft" 
Starmont Studies in Literary Criticism. Starmont House. 

Schweitzer, Darrell. "The Dream Quest of H.P. Lovecraft" 
The Milford Series: Popular Writers of Today. Borgo 
Press, 1 978. 

Siegel, Mark. "Hugo Gernsback, Father of Modern Science 
Fiction" The Milford Series: Popular Writers of Today. 
Borgo Press, 1 988. 

Also includes essays on Frank Herbert and Bram 
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Books on Pulps continued. 

Weinburg, Robert. "The Man Behind Doc Savage" 1974. 

Van Hise, James, ed. "Edgar Rice Burroughs' Fantastic 
Worlds" Midnight Graffiti Publications, 1997 

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Page 36 

y. Are there any magazines devoted to pulps? 

A. There are several fanzines (fan magazines) being pub- 
lished. Some of these publishers have put out other works on 
the pulps. If you are requesting info, such as latest price info, 
back issue availability, etc, please include a self-addressed 
stamped envelope. Where indicated, make checks payable to 
the publisher, not the 'zine. Funds should be in U.S. currency. 

The 'zines vary widely in quality, "quality" here meaning pro- 
duction quality. They range from Xeroxed and handfolded 
zines, to nicely bound with slick covers. Art ranges from ama- 
teur (some good, some amateurish) to professional. Articles 
are almost always of high quality. The prominent pulp writers 
and researchers will have articles in all the 'zines, and the 
'zines will mention each other. Don't be surprised to see 
authors such as Will Murray, Nick Carr, et al, appear in many 
different 'zines. And most 'zines will plug each other. 

In addition to these currently published fanzines, there scores 
of defunct fanzines. 

(Please note that the last time this listing was updated — other 
than some minor editing — was in December 1995. Therefore 
information and addresses — both post and email — may be 
outdated. If you see an error, please let us know. Thanks in 

■ "Bronze Gazette" (was "Doc Savage Gazette") 

Green Eagle Publications (Howard Wright), 2900 Standiford 
Avenue, No. 136, Modesto, CA 95350; email: 

Small (8.5 x 5.5) nicely done 'zine devoted to Doc Savage. 
Subscriptions are $16.50/3. At present subscriptions are to 
issues 1 7, 1 8 and 1 9 only. Few back issues available. Checks 
should be made out to Green Eagle Publications. 

■ "Golden Perils" 

Golden Perils Press (Howard Hopkins), 5 Milliken Mills Rd., 
Scarboro, ME 04070; email: 

Small (8.5 x 5.5) 'zine. Has occasion theme issues. Single 
issues $4. Make checks payable to Howard Hopkins. Some 
back issues available and has other booklets available. At pre- 
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Fanzines continued. 

sent magazine is on "hiatus" (last was No. 20). Do not know 
when it will resume publication. 

■ "Echoes"; "Behind The Mask" 

Fading Shadows Inc. (Tom Johnson) 504 E Morris St., 
Seymour, TX 76380 

"Echoes" is the longest running 'zine, has existed for about 1 
years with over 80 issues. It is a large format (8.5 x 1 1) 'zine. 
Subscriptions are $27/6 issues, single issues are $4.50. 

"Behind the Mask" reprints hard to find pulp hero fiction. 
Subscriptions are $22/4 issues, single issues are $4.85. 
"Behind the Mask" is published six times a year, No. 34 is most 
recent. Some back issues of both mags are available as are 
other booklets. Checks should be made out to Tom Johnson. 

■ "Pulp Collector"; "High Adventure" (formerly "Pulp 

Adventure House [was Pulp Collector Press] (John Gunnison) 
914 Laredo Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20901 ; phone: 301-754- 
1589 email: 

"Pulp Collector" is a digest-sized, high quality 'zine printing arti- 
cles on all types of pulps. Has occasional theme issues. Most 
recent is No. 24. No subscriptions are available, comes out 
about once a year or so. Single issues are $6.00. 

"High Adventure" is a small (8.5 x 5.5) mag reprinting classic 
pulp stories. Formerly "Pulp Review," it changed names with 
issue No. 24. Subscriptions are $35/6 issues, single issues are 
$6. Most recent is No. 22. Some back issues of both are avail- 
able as are other booklets. Make checks payable to Adventure 

■ "Pulp Vault" 

Tattered Pages Press (Doug Ellis) 6942 N. Oleander, Chicago, 
IL 60631 ; email: 

Large, high quality 'zine publishing articles, story reprints, and 
unpublished pulp stories. Subscriptions are no longer accept- 
ed, single issues are $7.95. Most recent issue is No. 1 1 . Some 
back issues are available as are other booklets. 

■ "Pulp Adventures" 

Pulp Adventures Publications (Rich Harvey), 104 Pine Cone 
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Trail, Medford, NJ 08055 

New digest-sized pulp fanzine focusing on modern day pulp 
activities. Up to issue No. 9 so far. Subscriptions are $12/6 
issues, single issues are $2. Not reviewed. 

■ "Spicy Armadillo Stories" 

Jerry Page, 193 Battery Place N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307 

Recently started fanzine publishing articles and new fiction, up 
to issue No. 6 so far. Subscriptions are $26/6 issues, single 
issues are $5. Not reviewed. 

■ "Fantastic Collectibles" 

Fantastic Collectibles (Ray Bowman), P.O. Box 167, Carmel, 
IN 46032; email: 

Fanzine devoted to collecting of pulp magazines. Most recent 
issue is No. 125. Subscriptions are $12/12 issues. Not 

■ "Pulpdom" 

Pulpdom Camille Erwin Cazedessus II, P. O. Box 2340, 
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-2340; email: cazbooks@ 

Fanzine devoted to pulps. "The Fantasy/Fantastic Collector" 
and "Erbdom," the famous Burroughs fanzine, have been 
incorporated into this 'zine. Subscriptions are $24/6 issues, 

■ "Aces" 

Paul McCall, 5801 W. Henry St., Indianapolis, IN 46241 

New fanzine devoted to pulp art and pulp fan art, up to issue 
No. 4 so far. Limited print run to about 1 00 copies an issue, so 
don't expect back issues to be available. Single issues are $8 
plus $2 postage. 

■ "Yawning Vortex" 

Tsathoggua Press (Perry Grayson), 6442 Pat Avenue, West 
Hills, CA 91307; email: or perryg@pro- 

Small (8.5 x 5.5), quarterly fanzine devoted to the pioneers of 
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weird fiction, fantasy, and science fiction and newcomers to 
these fields. Most recent is issue No. 6. Subscriptions are 
$15/4 issues, single issues are $4. Limited back issues avail- 
able, as are other booklets. 

■ "Lovecraft Studies"; "New Lovecraft Collector"; "Crypt 
of Cthulhu"; "Studies in Weird Fiction"; "The Dark Man: 
The Journal of Robert E. Howard"; "The Dark Eidolon: The 
Journal of Clark Ashton Smith Studies" 

Necronomicon Press, 101 Lockwood St. West; Warwick, Rl 
02893; email: 

These are a group of high quality amateur fanzines and ama- 
teur scholarly journals from a well respected small press. Most 
come out about twice a year or irregularly and are about 8.5 x 

Of these, only "The New Lovecraft Collector" ($5/4 quarterly 
issues), "Lovecraft Studies" and "Studies in Weird Fiction" 
($12/2 yearly issues) have subscriptions. Many back issues 
are available, along with other booklets. Write for their current 
catalog. "Lovecraft Studies" is devoted to serious study of H.P. 
Lovecraft and his work. Editor is ST. Joshi, a well-know 
Lovecraft scholar. Comes out twice a year, most recent is No. 
32 ($5 each). 

"New Lovecraft Collector" is a quarterly newsletter for collec- 
tors of Lovecraft publications. Most recent is No. 1 1 ($1 .50 

"Crypt of Cthulhu" is a Lovecraft fanzine that used to be pub- 
lished by Cryptic Publications. It publishes a wide variety of 
material, including both fiction and non-fiction. The editor is 
Robert Price. Comes out thrice a year, most recent is No. 90 
($6 each). 

"Studies in Weird Fiction" is devoted to serious study of fanta- 
sy, horror, and supernatural fiction subsequent to Poe. Comes 
out twice a year, most recent is No. 1 7 ($5 each). 

"The Dark Man" is an irregularly published journal devoted to 
Robert E. Howard and his work. Most recent issue is No. 3 
($4.50 each). 

"The Dark Eidolon" is an irregularly published journal devoted 
to Clark Ashton Smith. Most recent issue is No. 3 ($5 each), 
but this journal is on hiatus and may not continue. 
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Defunct Fanzines 

Here are some of the now-defunct fanzines that have been 
published over the years: 

■ "Age of the Unicorn" (early '80s, eight issues) 

■ "Attic Revivals" (five issues) 

■ "Bronze Shadows" (Fred Cook, 1965-68, 15 issues, first 

■ "Cloak and Pistol" (Joe Lewandowski, early '80s, one issue) 

■ "Doc Savage Forum" (Daryl Herrick, 1 979, one issue) 

■ "Doc Savage: Inside and Out" (Bob Cotter, 1989-90, three 

■ "Doc Savage Quarterly'VShadow Doc Savage Quest" (early 
'80s, 14 issues) 

■ "Doc Savage Reader" (1973, three issues) 

■ "Doc Savage and Associates" (one-shot) 

■ "Duende" (Will Murray/Odyssey Publications, mid 70s, two 

■ "Echoes from the Pulps" (Joe Lewandowski, 1978, four 

■ "Fantasy Mongers" (W. Paul Ganley, eight issues, adzine) 

■ "The Man of Bronze" (one-shot) 

■ "MegavoreTSF Collector" (15 issues) 

■ "Nemesis Inc." [was "Doc Savage Club Reader" for first 12 
issues] (Frank Lewandowski, 1977-91 , 30 issues) 

■ "Prologue" (one issue) 

■ "Pulp" (Robert Weinberg, late 70s-early '80s, 13 issues) 

■ "Pulp Era" (Lynn Hickman, 1960s, 75 issues) 

■ "Pulp Letterzine" (four issues) 

■ "Pulpette" (Joe Lewandowski, early '80s) 
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■ "Pulpster" (four issues) 

■ "The Rat" (one issue) 

■ "Savage Society of Bronze" (Joel DiGiacomo, seven issues) 

■ "Unicorn" (Michael Cook, ended in 1979) 

■ "The Wold Atlas" (early '80s, five issues, concerned with 
Philip Jose Farmer's ideas) 

■ "Xenophile" (Nils Hardin, 1974-80, 44 issues) 

— Michael Rogero Brown 

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I. First, there is no comprehensive listing of pulp dealers. 
Pulps can be found at antique stores, garage sales, mail- 
order catalogues, used-book stores, comic book stores and 
a variety of other locations. 

In addition to stores, pulps and pulp-related material can 
be found online. Often fans and dealers buy/sell/trade 
pulps through alt.pulp or one of the other pulp-related 
newsgroups, or through the Books Marketplace news- 
group: rec.arts.books. marketplace . 

The following list of online sources, compiled by the propri- 
etors of the .Pulp website, is certainly not a comprehensive 
listing. Addresses are subject to frequent change, so some 
may be out of date. A more up-to-date listing can be found 
at . 

Also, neither .Pulp nor the alt.pulp FAQ vouches for the 
quality of service you might receive from any of these 
sources. If you are looking for a particular item, it is strong- 
ly recommended that you shop around. Prices can vary 
considerably between dealers. Caveat emptor. 

In addition to the for-profit sites, this list also includes sites 
for fan trading and sites offering free electronic texts. 

The Advanced Book Exchange 

ABE gives you the chance to search the wares of sev- 
eral book dealers. 

Adventure House/In Tandem 

Adventure House's site gives visitors a chance to find 
out more about and order the pulp-reprint magazine 
"High Adventure" and original pulps. Also at the site, 
you'll find information about ordering In Tandem's CD- 
ROM of pulp cover art, "Lurid Lasses." 

Cobblestone Books Online 

You can find pulps and pulp-related reprints at the 
website for this bookstore specializing in science fic- 
tion, fantasy, horror and mysteries. 
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Comics and Collectibles 

This site provides information on ordering pulp, comic 
and other paper memorabilia catalogs from David T. 
Alexander Comics and Collectibles. 


Cybertiques offers science-fiction and fantasy pulps, 
as well as vintage paperbacks and Big Little Books, for 

Doc Savage book and fanzines 

Larry Widen's site offers information on purchasing his 
book on Doc Savage, "Arch Enemy or Evil," and his 
fanzine, "The Bronze Gazette." 

Edgar Rice Burroughs site 

If you don't find them at the Gutenberg Project link, 
you'll find plenty of links to electronic texts by Edgar 
Rice Burroughs at this site. 

Email sources 

Here are the email addresses of several dealers who cur- 
rently don't have websites, but periodically post their cata- 
logs on news groups. You might email your want list or 
ask for their latest catalog or listing. 

■ Michael Canick Booksellers,, for 
pulps, pulp-related books and pulp reprints. 

■ Peter Enfantino,, for pulp reprints and 

Fantastic Collectibles 

http://www.a1 .com/sfbooks/ 

Ray Bowman's site includes his book and pulp lists, as 
well as classified ads from other people wanting and 
selling pulps. 

Fantastic Fiction Company 

Chris Miracle's site offers a selection of science fiction, 
detective, sports, aviation, western and other pulps. 
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Fantasy Illustrated 

Fantasy Illustrated 's pulp catalog has a good mix of 
science fiction, detective and other genre pulps, but 
few character magazines. 

The Forum On-Line Antiques Mall 

There are plenty of 1940s Western pulps for sale at 
this site. 

Funk and Junk 

Funk and Junk sells collectible antiques, including 
some pulps. 

The Gutenberg Project 

FTP to the Gutenberg Project's directory of electronic 
texts. Here you'll be able to find many Edgar Rice 
Burroughs adventures, as well as many, many other 
novels. And they are all free! Or, you can visit the pro- 
ject's home page 

Graham Holroyd 

Graham Holroyd's site has information on the pulps, 
magazines and science-fiction and fantasy books he 

Hake's Americana and Collectibles 

This appears to be a good source for pulps, but Hake's 
obscure naming convention makes it difficult to tell 
what you've found in your search without a bit of trou- 

James Haack Collectibles 

You will finds pulps and more at the James Haack 
Collectibles site. 

Jon Bevans Collectibles 

You'll find an index of pulps, Big Little Books, toys and 
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more for sale here. 

Level 7 pulps 

Browse Level 7's catalog of science-fiction pulps. 
(They also have a gallery of cover art for your viewing 

Lost Dutchman Comics 

This Phoenix, Ariz., dealer in comics also features a 
selection of pulps (mostly science fiction). 

The Online Books Page 

Links to sites with electronic texts of books. 

Pandora's Books Online 

Pandora's Books list numerous pulps, particularly Doc 
Savage, pulp reprints and pulp-related books and 

The Paper Collectors'Marketplace 

Look here for these classifed listings: 

■ Pulps for sale. 

http://www.tias.eom/mags/pcm/html/1 698-1 .html 

■ Pulps wanted. 

http://www.tias.eom/mags/pcm/html/1 699-1 .html 

■ Books, paperbacks for sale. 

http://www.tias.eom/mags/pcm/html/1 290-1 .html 

■ Magazines for sale. 

http://www.tias.eom/mags/pcm/html/1 498-1 .html 

The Paperback Rack 

The Paperback Rack in Tallahassee, Fla., offers a selec- 
tion of pulp reprints scattered throughout its listing of 

The Popular Press book catalog 

The Popular Press, the publishing concern of Bowling 
Green State University in Ohio, published much of 
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Robert Sampson's pulp studies, including his thorough 
books on The Shadow and The Spider. 

Pulp Fiction Central 

Vintage New Media's site offers for sale: electronic texts 
of numerous pulps, including The Spider, Operator 5, G- 
8, Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds, Carroll John Daly 
and more; some pulps; pulp reprints; and a variety of 
pulp fanzines. 

"Pulpdom" fanzine 

Editor/publisher Camille Erwin Cazedessus II provides 
information about his fanzine "Pulpdom," formerly known 
as "ERB-dom"and "The Fantasic Collector." It offers arti- 
cles about pulps and reprints pulp stories. For more 
information, contact Cazedessus at cazbooks@ 

Tall Tales Fantasy and Science Fiction Bookseller 

Operating out of Renton, Wash., Tall Tales specializes 
in collectible science-fiction and fantasy hardbacks. 
You'll find pulp reprints — a few of them in paperback 
— in their online listing. 

Trading places 

Check out these sites for fans trading pulps, reprints and more: 

■ Jeff Sines' page, mainly for Doc Savage. 


■ Larry Widen's page, for mainly Doc Savage. 

■ Mike Grifin's page, for The Shadow. 

■ The Science Fiction and Fantasy Swaplist, by Kenny 
A. Chaffin, for pulps, paperbacks, hardbacks and other 
collectible books and magazines. 

■ Tim Hewitt's page, for The Shadow. 

■ Tomi Vaisala's page, for The Avenger, Doc Savage, The 
Shadow and The Spider paperbacks. 
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Virginia Tech Speculative Fiction Project 

As part of a class in 20th Century Speculative Fiction 
(i.e. science fiction) at Virginia Tech, this project has put 
the contents of six pulps from the 1920s through 1950s 
online. Included are "Air Wonder Stories," "Cosmic 
Stories" and "Super Science Stories," and authors such 
as Issac Asimov and Forrest J. Ackerman. 

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y pulp conventions? 

A. Yes. Currently there is only one, the annual PulpCon; but 
pulps and pulp-related guests may appear at any number of 
science fiction, fantasy or comics conventions. 

PulpCon usually is held each summer, with the next scheduled 
for the summer of 1 998 at Bowling Green State University. For 
information on future PulpCons write: Rusty Hevelin, P.O. Box 
1332, Dayton, OH 45401. 

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The alt.pulp FAQ was edited for stylistic, grammatical and fac- 
tual errors in August and September 1997. Portions were 
extensively rewritten and expanded at that time. 

The FAQ is in a state of continual updating. Comments, sug- 
gestions and corrections are welcomed. Please email them to 

This version of the alt.pulp FAQ is based on version 0.9.22, 
originated by Michael Rogero Brown and last updated in 
December 1995. Portions of that version which have been 
retained are credited to Mr. Brown. 

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